Senior Research Analyst

DATE POSTED:2014-01-06
POSITION TITLE:Senior Research Analyst
PERSONNEL STATUS:Exempt, Full-time, Regular
DEPARTMENT:Office of Institutional Research, Analysis, and Decision Support
CLOSING DATE:2014-01-31
RESPONSIBILITIES:Under the supervision of the Director of Institutional Research, the incumbent will primarily conduct statistical analysis to support strategic planning and decision making. Analysis may include the study of student yield, student progression, grades, space and course demand/utilization, cost of instruction, faculty retention and promotion, alumni giving, and other analyses requested by campus leadership. Specific duties include: performing statistical analyses using computer statistical packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS); managing and maintaining data files; using spreadsheet and graphics software; participating in the design of research studies and questionnaires; writing research reports; communicating effectively with various constituents; handling sensitive information professionally; and performing other duties as assigned.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Education/Experience: Requires a Masterís degree (Ph.D. preferred) with course work in research design, methodology and statistics, and at least two years experience in social science research. Must have exceptional skills in applied statistics, including the ability to match and merge files and interpret output; verify, troubleshoot, and check consistency of data; and create meaningful reports. The ability to import/export files between platforms and software and use spreadsheet and word processing packages is essential. Must have excellent writing, communication, and organizational skills. Experience in an institutional research setting or research in higher education issues desired. Experience with multi-level models (e.g. hierarchical linear models/nested models), survival/event history analysis, or simulation, preferred. Experience writing SQL or MDX a plus.
SALARY:Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
APPLICATION:: For best consideration, submit a single PDF file (preferred method) including your name in the filename (Note: attachments with same file name will be overwritten by the most recent version emailed), a cover letter explaining the ability to fulfill responsibilities, resume, and the names and contact information for three references by January 31, 2014 (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to: Constance Pierson, Director of Institutional Research, Institutional Research, Analysis, and Decision Support, UMBC, Room 400 Administration Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250, OIRSearch@umbc.edu

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